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New Weed Control Tech Clears Key Hurdle

Dow AgroSciences' Enlist corn and soybeans approved in Canada.

Canadian regulatory authorities have approved the Enlist corn trait and Enlist soybean trait, which are part of the new Enlist Weed Control system from Dow AgroSciences (a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company). The approval will allow cultivation of the traits, which provide tolerance to 2,4-D herbicide, and offer Canadian farmers new tech for controlling tough weeds.

The new technology has undergone evaluation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada, and have been approved for food, feed and environmental release. Approvals are also being sought in the United States, Brazil and Argentina. In a press statement, Daniel Kittle, global leader, research and development, comments: "Farmers around the world have an urgent need to address weed control challenges, and this first cultivation approval enables delivery of one of the most advance solutions. The science behind Enlist is novel…and profits the foundation for this new innovation for agriculture."

Enlist is a next-generation system that combines innovative traits, herbicides (including a new formulation of 2,4-D designed specifically for the new trait) and stewardship to deliver weed control that farmers need now while sustaining beneficial farming practices. In its press statement, the company reiterated the importance of product stewardship as part of the release. Dow AgroSciences has developed a comprehensive stewardship program with extensive input from farmers and other key stakeholders. The program is designed to help farmers succeed while promoting "responsible use of the Enlist system," the release says.

That new stewardship program will offer end users "technology advancements, management recommendations, as well as education, tools and training." The company anticipates launching the Enlist Weed Control System in corn in Canada and the United States for the 2013 growing season once regulatory approvals are secured for all components of the system. Launch of the Enlist Weed Control System in soybeans in Canada and the United States is anticipated for the 2015 growing season, once all regulatory hurdles have been cleared.

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